Eagle, deer head, electricity: No mix

The Associated Press

Published: January 30, 2007
Last Modified: January 30, 2007 at 01:39 AM

JUNEAU -- About 10,000 Juneau residents briefly lost power Sunday after a bald eagle lugging a deer head crashed into transmission lines.

"You have to live in Alaska to have this kind of outage scenario," said Gayle Wood, an Alaska Electric Light & Power spokeswoman. "This is the story of the overly ambitious eagle who evidently found a deer head in the landfill."

The hefty bounty apparently bogged down the eagle, which failed to clear transmission lines as it flew away from the landfill, she said. When a repair crew arrived, they found the eagle carcass with the deer head nearby.

This eagle "got ahold of a little bit more than he could handle," Wood said.

Power was out less than 45 minutes.